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January 2021 – Things to do Virtually this Winter

on January 17, 2021

Happy New Year from the frozen North!   The recent snow is melting now and we are still largely stuck at home keeping safe and feeling hopeful about 2021.   At Yorkshire Appetite, we have put together a few ideas of things you can do without leaving your home, all you need is a computer and an internet connection. Some require opening your wallet but others don’t so take your pick or work your way through them and enjoy.

Our tours are currently suspended but Yorkshire Goodie Box is still delivering, bringing you delicious treats to your doors.   Do send any photos of you doing any of these virtual events to our Facebook page.

Cheese Tasting


Who doesn’t like a bit of cheese, especially with wine.   Join expert cheesemonger Andy Swinscoe in a virtual cheese tasting on Zoom.  Andy and his wife Kathy run the Courtyard Dairy in Settle, North Yorkshire which is a unique, specialist cheese shop and cheese maturer with its own café and museum too.  They visit and work with the finest local cheesemakers to bring you the best.  Andy knows his cheese!


Simply click here and you will find a number of events you can join in this January and February.  Book for the date you want and a box of cheese will be delivered to your door in time for the event with full instructions on how to make the most of it.   Then log into zoom and join Andy who will guide you through the cheese tasting. If you like a bit of wine with your cheese, there are cheese and wine options too.

Crumble It!


Keeping on a cheese theme, the Wensleydale Creamery up in Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales has a very active page on Facebook and a look at their videos will give you access to many of their cooking sessions that they have done live since last year.  They are known as the Crumble It! Live sessions and chef Ollie said “No matter what your ability in the kitchen, these delicious and impressive Yorkshire Wensleydale recipes are simple to create and guaranteed to make mealtimes special.  We’ve created a range of recipes, some simple everyday dishes and others more impressive showstoppers, but all of them are quick and easy to produce – all made that bit more special with Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese. We hope you’ll check out the recipes on our website”  or cook along with the videos.  Click Crumble It! and have a look at Ollie’s cooking sessions with lovely recipes such as seared scallops with marinated wensleydale.

Wine Tasting


The Yorkshire Wine School offers a series of live, online wine tastings.  These are a great way to keep learning about wine and be inspired during the lockdown.  There’s a range of themes to get involved in from one off tastings to Meet the Winemaker or there’s even a four week course if you really want to up your wine game.  The tastings and courses include all the wines to taste along in the price and all delivered directly to your door.

Ghost Tour

As you may be aware, York is ‘the most haunted city in Europe’ with over 500 sightings within the city walls.  It is known for its ghost walks and you can enjoy this virtually with Dorian Deathly’s York Ghost Tour  on youtube.  Turn off all the lights and get this on the big screen and join him on a nightime stroll through some of the spookiest streets and most terrifying tales the city has to offer, all from the safety of your own living room.

Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School

This very popular cookery school is located four miles from the market town of Driffield and nine miles from Beverley.  Surrounded by private farmland and beautiful countryside it is a great place to improve your cookery skills as well as relax and socialise.  You can have  a look at their website to see what courses take your fancy for when we are allowed out but in the meantime, you can satisfy your curiosity by having a look around the whole school including their teaching room and accommodation via this virtual tour. 

Beer Tasting


Ah, beer.   Saltaire Brewery run a virtual brewery tour for £35 per head via zoom.  You join the beer guys for a live beer tasting and virtual brewery tour. Over the two hour session, you can ask questions as they show you how they brew and what goes into their beer to make it taste and look like it does when it reaches your glass – which you’ll be able sample in the session!

Once you’ve bought a tour, they will email you a ticket which you can use to book onto a tour date and they will send you a box prior to that date with everything you need for a beery night in! There are dates in Jan, Feb and March and sessions take place 8-10 pm Wednesday or Thursday.

Cat Tour


If you want a less scary tour than the ghost tour, you can try the Cat Tour of York. You may or may not know that York is known for the 22 cats that adorn several buildings around the city.  Peter from the cat gallery takes you on this virtual tour to find those said cats and explains to you why indeed they are there in the first place.

Gin Tasting


Gin is very popular these days, especially at Yorkshire Appetite HQ and we are rather partial to a Slingsby Rhubarb.  You may want to improve your range and knowledge of all things gin with a virtual gin tasting and we have a few for you to choose from.  First up is the Slingsbys Virtual Gin Experience which  includes 4 G&Ts, a branded glass for £30 pp.  This interactive and enjoyable experience will deliver you the fascinating history of gin and the story of Slingsbys while enjoying gin!  Open sessions are held on the last Friday of the month at 7:30pm with private bookings also available.


You could also try the Monti Gin Tasting with Iberica which takes place on 29th January at 6.30 pm.   Everything you need will be delivered to your door including some very nice deli snacks from the Iberica restaurant.  You’ll discover everything about Monti Gin: from the distillation process to their perfect serve G&T, taste their classic gin and have the chance to get creative, by mixing your own cocktail at home.


Enjoy these virtual events and let us know how you got on!.

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